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NBA Draft Trends Map: California, NY, Texas produce most NBAers

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

With the NBA Draft soon approaching, I've been diving deep on the past 15 years worth of draft picks to see the patterns, trends and tendencies of NBA teams and college programs. You can scope all of the previous posts/research in our NBA Draft Trends series here.

Now, a look at where NBA talent has been fostered in this country over the past 15 drafts. The map above equates to essentially where NBA players were raised and/or played high school ball between approximately 1976-2008. It's 654 players in all.

Before we go any further, you might be wondering: How did I determine where a player was from? Was it place of birth? High school? College? In researching the United States citizen prospects drafted into the NBA over the past 15 years, I opted to be as accurate as possible by choosing the place where they "grew up," essentially. This meant, hypothetically, if a player was born Texas but played basketball at well-known national prep power Oak Hill Academy, well they really weren't "from" Mouth of Wilson, Va., (Oak Hill's locale) even if they spent their high school years there. So they'd be slotted from Texas.

There were many players who would go on to prep school hundreds or thousands of miles away for their sophomore/junior/senior years of high school. In many instances, at least the freshman season was played out at the local high school where they were raised, and that's how/where they were referenced in this study.

Here are the states with the highest amount of players produced. California's just miles ahead, giving the NBA 13.3 percent of its draft picks since '98. New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the cut-off for this graph, putting out 3.4 percent of picks in a decade and a half.

California has more NBA players than 32 states combined. And how about Georgia in the top five? I asked folks on Twitter Wednesday night to guess the top five states for NBA talent, and out of dozens of guesses, maybe two or three thought to include Georgia.

Also surprising: Kansas with as many NBA players as Alaska; the dearth of players coming out of South Carolina, considering the breeding grounds around it; Nevada and Arizona combining for eight prospects is alarming; Washington is getting as many guys into the NBA as Indiana; Kentucky giving us just seven pros.

The 0-fers, states without an NBA player since 1998:

Hawaii
Idaho
Maine
Montana
Nebraska
North Dakota
Vermont

But where specifically are these players from? Good news: I mapped it all out for you, and did it by position. Click on the pins to see the player, his hometown, college, team he went home with on draft night and at what pick. In instances where players went to the same high school, I selected a geographic spot nearest to said high school in order to get every pin on the map.

Below each map is a state-by-state breakdown of how many position players came from which of the 50. California is atop every list.

Center breakdown by state (71 in total):

View American centers drafted since 1998 in a full screen map

California 12
Texas 6
Michigan 6
Ohio 5
Illinois 5
Georgia 4
Minnesota 3
New York 3
Pennsylvania 3
Alabama 2
Indiana 2
Missouri 2
North Carolina 3
Oregon 2
Tennessee 2
Washington 2
Arizona 1
New Mexico 1
Mississippi 1
Louisiana 1
Oklahoma 1
Maryland 1
Utah 1
Arkansas 1
Florida 1

Point guard breakdown by state (123 in total):

View American point guards drafted since 1998 in a full screen map

California 16
New York 16
Illinois 8
Washington 8
Georgia 7
Indiana 5
Maryland 5
New Jersey 5
North Carolina 5
Texas 4
Connecticut 3
Florida 3
Louisiana 3
Arizona 2
Kentucky 2
Missouri 2
Massachusetts 2
Michigan 2
Minnesota 2
Ohio 2
Oregon 2
Pennsylvania 2
South Carolina 2
Tennessee 2
Virginia 2
Wisconsin 2
Colorado 1
Iowa 1
Kansas 1
Mississippi 1
Nevada 1
Alabama 1
Alaska 1
Arkansas 1
Washington, DC 1
West Virginia 1

Small forward breakdown by state (137 in total):

View American small forwards drafted since 1998 in a full screen map

California 20
Maryland 10
New York 10
Illinois 9
Georgia 9
Texas 7
New Jersey 5
Alabama 4
Indiana 4
Louisiana 4
Michigan 4
Ohio 4
Tennessee 4
Washington 4
Florida 3
Iowa 3
Mississippi 3
North Carolina 3
Pennsylvania 3
Kentucky 2
Oregon 2
Wisconsin 2
Nevada 2
Washington, DC 2
Connecticut 1
Arizona 1
Minnesota 1
South Carolina 1
Virginia 1
Colorado 1
Kansas 1
Arkansas 1
Oklahoma 1
New Mexico 1
New Hampshire 1
Rhode Island 1
South Dakota 1
Delaware 1

Shooting guards breakdown by state (161):

View American shooting guards drafted since 1998 in a full screen map

California 24
Illinois 10
Michigan 10
Texas 10
Georgia 8
Maryland 8
Florida 7
Missouri 7
Ohio 7
Pennsylvania 7
Arkansas 6
Tennessee 6
Washington 6
New York 5
Indiana 5
New Jersey 4
Wisconsin 4
North Carolina 3
Louisiana 2
Iowa 2
Mississippi 2
Oregon 2
Oklahoma 2
Virginia 2
Washington, DC 2
West Virginia 2
Alabama 1
Kentucky 1
Minnesota 1
Delaware 1
Utah 1
Alaska 1
Massachusetts 1

Power forward breakdown by state (162 in total):

View American power forwards drafted since 1998 in a full screen map

California 16
Texas 15
Illinois 9
New York 9
North Carolina 8
Maryland 8
Tennessee 8
Florida 8
Georgia 7
Louisiana 6
New Jersey 6
Indiana 6
Oklahoma 5
Pennsylvania 5
Virginia 5
Alabama 4
Minnesota 4
Ohio 4
Missouri 3
Colorado 3
Oregon 3
Arkansas 2
Iowa 2
Kentucky 2
Michigan 2
Washington 2
Washington, D.C. 2
Arizona 1
Alaska 1
Kansas 1
Massachusetts 1
Mississippi 1
Connecticut 1
South Carolina 1
Wisconsin 1
Wyoming 1

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